Philippine refiners seek deferment of Clean Air Act

Refining companies in the Philippines have asked the government to defer the second phase of the Clean Air Act, slate to take effect in 2003. The firms, many of which have suffered deficits due to higher crude prices and lower margins in petroleum products markets, say they cannot afford to invest in new equipment to reduce the aromatics and benzene content in motor fuels, as mandated under the act.

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